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30 Nov 2017

HRH The Princess Royal rewards Staunton volunteer - Mark Harden - hear all about it today on BBC Radio Derby

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Congratulations to Staunton's Mark Harden who was rewarded for his outstanding commitment to sailing and the club on Friday 24 November when he was presented with an RYA Volunteer Award by Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal, at the RYA's annual awards ceremony at One Great George Street. Today, Mark takes to the airwaves on BBC Radio Derby - tune in to hear him at 5:50 p.m. today Friday 30 November. 

Mark Harden, from Moira, received an RYA Outstanding Contribution Award, for individuals who have made a significant volunteer contribution either over a period of time or a ‘one-off’ effort, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to Staunton Harold SC, including most recently to developing the club's Sailability section.

The RYA is boating’s national governing body and the Volunteer Awards are considered the ‘MBEs' of the sport, honouring people throughout the UK for their outstanding contributions across all the disciplines the RYA represents, including sailing, windsurfing, powerboating, inland waterways and personal watercraft. Mr Harden’s was amongst 58 awards presented to boating’s most dedicated volunteers this year.

Mr Harden was nominated by the club and selected as a winner by the RYA Honours and Awards Panel.

Alistair Dickson, RYA Director of Sport Development, added: “Volunteers are the lifeblood of our sport. The ceremony was an excellent opportunity to celebrate the fantastic work our volunteers do to support boating activity in all forms throughout the UK. All of the stories behind these special people have been truly inspiring to hear and it’s really an honour to be able to say thank you and celebrate their amazing achievements.”

Before the awards presentation, RYA CEO, Sarah Treseder, presented Her Royal Highness with pair of marine binoculars on behalf of the RYA’s Members to mark her 30 years as President of the RYA.

For more information about the RYA Volunteer Awards or to find out how you can get out on the water in the Midlands visit www.rya.org.uk